Our achievements. Our accomplishments. Our impact.



  • Cancer Stem Cells

    A seminal Canadian discovery demonstrated that cancer stem cells are a significant reason for high relapse rates after cancer treatments. In recognition of this, the Stem Cell Network has invested heavily finding ways to target and attack them.

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  • Student Engagement

    In collaboration with educators, researchers and graduate-level trainees, the Stem Cell Network has directly engaged thousands of high school students across the country to enhance their learning about various aspects of stem cell research.

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  • Establishing a Community

    By prioritizing multidisciplinary research partnerships among stem cell researchers across Canada, the Stem Cell Network integrated the country’s previously fractured landscape into a comprehensive and globally respected research community.

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  • Commercialization

    The Stem Cell Network’s catalysis of commercialization of stem cell research has led to 399 patent applications, 60 issued patents, 43 licenses granted, the growth or launch of 11 start-up biotechnology companies and the establishment of a new Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) to develop a strong industry presence in several emerging technology areas likely to be crucial to the future delivery of stem cell-based therapies.

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  • Clinical Trials

    When the Stem Cell Network was first funded, its leadership considered that catalyzing a single clinical trial during its 14-year mandate would have been a success. Instead, the Network’s research investments have led to 12 clinical trials on various diseases, with even more in the development pipeline.

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  • Drug Discovery and Repurposing

    The Stem Cell Network was among the first organizations to recognize the potential of using stem cells for drug repositioning and discovery in order to reduce time and costs of bringing new therapies to patients, and in the process has established Canada as a world leader in the field.

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